About the Role
The Education Program Coordinator will work with the Director of Community Relations and
museum staff to oversee the day-to-day operations and programming of the Education
Department with primary focus on K-12 school and after-school programming in relation to
African American history and culture. The goal of the Museum’s Education Program is to create
and implement engaging and interactive programming for students and the community. The
fundamental goal of this position is to support the efforts of the Education Program toward
developing widespread sustained growth in African American history, culture, and art
educational programming with the ultimate result of audience building and mission-related
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Working with the Director of Community Relations and Curator/Program Coordinator, the
Education Program Coordinator will be responsible for:
• Participating in fulfilling the BSCC’s education vision and goals as they relate to exhibits,
program planning, outreach efforts, events, and other educational activities.
• Updating current and creating new school and after-school programs that align with
Core Curriculum and State Standards.
• Increasing community events and programming.
• Seeking out and hosting quarterly lectures on topics related to African American history,
culture, and art.
• Teaching and facilitating workshops, programs, and events.
• Meeting with teachers and educators regularly to see about program effectiveness and
what is needed in classrooms and after-school programs.
• Coordinate individuals involved with the live programming and seek out others to
supplement new topics.
• Working on the Historical Education Programming portion of the Bessie Smith Big 9
• Overseeing administrative aspects of programs including registration and scheduling.
• Promoting a positive interest in African American history, art, and cultural activities by
being an enthusiastic role model that facilitates learning.
• Assist in researching and applying for grants to fund programs.
B.A. in museum studies, African American studies, history, education, or related field of study or relevant experience.
Experience in education and various learning methods including object-based learning.
Excellent oral and written communication skills and comfort with technology required.
Volunteer management experience not required, but a plus.
Knowledge of African American history
2 years’ experience in a non-profit or education environment
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
Individuals must have strong computer and digital skills (Microsoft Office: Word, Excel; Adobe Suite or equivalent, social media). This individual should be familiar with museum education practices and have experience working with K-12 student audiences. Experience in public education a plus.
Must be a team player in working with other staff members to create positive and successful visitor experiences.
Must be a reliable self-starter who can create and develop ideas into successful programs and materials.
Must be willing to work occasional weekends and evenings as needed.
Must be able to lift light equipment for programs as needed.
General office and classroom work, lifting, moving tables and chairs.
It is an undisputed fact that African Americans have fought for freedom, served as wilderness guides, labored as slaves, and forged paths as early educators and politicians, and yet still today little is actually documented or understood about the roles they played.
The Bessie Smith Cultural Center/Chattanooga African American Museum is on a mission to change that. Our goal is to tell the true story of not only African Americans in history but also those currently making history.